WTA Players

Jelena Ostapenko

LV Latvia

#10

Single Ranking
Date: 
Saturday, June 8, 1996
Birthplace: 
Riga, Latvia
Height: 
5' 10" (1.77 m)
Weight: 
150 lbs. (68 kg)
Plays: 
Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Turned pro: 
2012

Jeļena Ostapenko (born 8 June 1997 in Riga) is a Latvian tennis player.

Ostapenko has won seven singles and eight doubles titles on the ITF tour in her career. On 29 February 2016, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 42. On 9 November 2015, she peaked at world number 152 in the doubles rankings.

She is coached by her mother Jeļena Jakovļeva. Father Jevgeņijs Ostapenko is her fitness coach.

Playing for Latvia at the Fed Cup, Ostapenko has a win–loss record of 13–9.

Personal life

Mother and coach is Jelena Jakovleva; father and fitness trainer is Jevgenijs Ostapenko; half-brother's name is Maksim Ostapenko (graduated from art academy in Los Angeles and lives there now); also has a dog named Juljeta ... Introduced to tennis at age 5 by mother (who was also her first coach) ... Favorite shots are serve and backhand; favorite surfaces are grass and hard; favorite tournament is Wimbledon ... Speaks Russian, Latvian and English ... Tennis idols are Serena Williams and Ernests Gulbis ... Enjoys spending time with parents and dog, listening to music and going out with friends ... Was a professional ballroom dancer for seven years.

Career

2016: First Premier 5 final in Doha

Throughout early 2016 Ostapenko struggled, she failed to win back-to-back games until late February.

In Doha, a Premier 5 tournament, starting as World no.88, Ostapenko made a great performance, climbing into Top 50 of the WTA Rankings. She defeated Julia Goerges (6-3,6-3), former World no.2 and actual World no.21 Svetlana Kuznetsova (7-67-5,6-0), former World no.2 and actual World no.8 Petra Kvitova (5-7,6-2,6-1) and then Zheng Saisai (6-4,6-3), just to play the semifinal against World no.27 Andrea Petkovic, who retired at the score 7-5,1-0. In the final, Ostapenko met World no.11 Carla Suarez Navarro in an epic match, which she lost 6-1,4-6,4-6.

2015 - First Top 100 season (finishing No.79); runner-up at Québec City (l. to Beck in final); made Top 100 debut afterwards on September 21 (rose from No.101 to No.77); reached 2r twice (Wimbledon and US Open); fell 1r twice and in qualifying five times (incl. Roland Garros); also won one singles title and one doubles title on ITF Circuit.

2014 - Played first WTA main draw at Tashkent, reaching 2r (as WC); won three singles titles and two doubles titles on ITF Circuit.

2013 - Won two singles titles and four doubles titles on ITF Circuit.

2012 - Played first WTA qualifying at Moscow; won one singles title and one doubles title on ITF Circuit.

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